The eye of the Beckettian present

Redmond, Sean and Wagner, Matt 2007, The eye of the Beckettian present, Screening the past, vol. July, no. 21, pp. 1-11.

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Title The eye of the Beckettian present
Author(s) Redmond, SeanORCID iD for Redmond, Sean
Wagner, Matt
Journal name Screening the past
Volume number July
Issue number 21
Start page 1
End page 11
Publisher La Trobe University
Place of publication Bundoora, Vic.
Publication date 2007-07-20
ISSN 1328-9756
Summary In this article, we take up M‟s closing question from Play, arguing that it is the central phenomenological conundrum in much of Beckett‟s stage and screen work. The question we bring to Beckett‟s oeuvre is: what is the relationship between perception and presence, consciousness and corporeality? To answer „yes‟ to M‟s question – to be is as much as being seen – is to render the body not utterly useless, but periphery, or secondary, merely the flesh of perception. Beckett famously remarked that, in his increasing sense of minimalism, in his desire to „say the least necessary‟, his final work would be a blank piece of paper. In Beckett, does the body suffer the same fate as language?
Language eng
Field of Research 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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